Football tournament in Diss nets a big result for good causes

King of the Cup

King of the Cup - Credit: Bobby Kilkenny

It started as a game between youngsters in the early 1990s - but now the King of the Cup has become one of the biggest events in the Diss calendar.

The single goal football knockout competition celebrated its 15th successive year on Good Friday with 50 competitors taking part.

On a sunny spring day at Rectory Meadow, people turned out to support those taking part in the competition and to enjoy the family atmosphere with the first juniors tournament taking place and bouncy castles and a barbecue.

Bobby Kilkenny, organiser, said: 'We never thought this would happen, it has become a massive thing in Diss. It gets bigger every year.

'It was a fantastic day. We had a lot of people turn out and it was brilliant weather too.'

Reece Royds was this year's winner triumphing over last year's champion Chris Buckmaster.

The Junior King of the Cup winner was Josh Farrell.

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This year's event raised £1,060 for the Diss branch of the Friends of Chernobyl's Children.

The charity brings groups of disadvantaged children, aged seven to 12-years-old, from areas in Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster to Britain for four weeks.

While they are in the country, the youngsters spend time at a day centre and are taken on trips out.

Susannah Dyer, committee member of the Diss branch, said: 'This is an amazing opportunity for us to raise awareness of the charity and hopefully raise some much needed funds.

'All the children have some health issues and spending time in the fresh air is good for them. It's heartbreaking when you seen some of the children but they are so happy.'

A further £630 was raised on the day through a cake sale for Diss resident Nicola Waters who lost her sight following a brain tumour.

If you would like to help the Friends of Chernobyl's Children, email focc.diss@gmail.com or call Sharna Banham on 07801069712.

Are you organising a charity event? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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